Great chance for a rare performance

VAMM are all set to perform in Edzell.

VAMM are all set to perform in Edzell.

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Angus Arts are preparing to host three highly talented musicians at the Inglis Hall in Edzell this Saturday (November 23).

VAMM, an old Shetlandic word meaning to bewitch or entrance, is the title the three musicians - Patsy Reid, Catriona Macdonald and Marit Fait - perform under.

Their debut album, released earlier this year, has received rave reviews, with their music described as ‘delights and enthralls in equal measure’, ‘a celebration of life’ and ‘this album is streets ahead of the competition so far’.

It’s a rare treat indeed then that this fabulous trio is playing one of only a handful of Scottish gigs, including only one in north east Scotland, in Edzell.

Maria MacDonell, co-creative director of Angus Arts, said: “We had the pleasure of meeting VAMM last year and were impressed not only by their music, but by their wonderfully warm personalities, so we’re absolutely delighted that we’re able to host them at Inglis Hall.

“Their pedigree is second to none and we feel really privileged to be able to bring them to a rural audience.

“Their music is a combination of intricate, lyrical arrangements and bass-thumping rhythm, and at this year’s Celtic Connections festival they apparently went from the awed silence of a theatre concert to the dancing and hollering of a late night club crowd - with the same material.

“Hopefully this concert will be somewhere in between!

“We’ll be setting the hall up with cabaret style seating so people can bring a bottle and some snacks if they’d like to.

“We think it will be a really special night.”

To complement the evening concert, VAMM will hold two workshop sessions at the hall during the afternoon.

Maria continued: “This is a wonderful opportunity to make music with these marvellous musicians.

“The first inspiring hour-long workshop at 3 p.m. caters for fiddle players at an intermediate and advanced level.

“The 4 p.m. workshop welcomes people of all levels of experience with any instrument you like for 90 creative minutes.

“It’s best to book in advance so we have an idea of numbers and it would be really useful if you could give us an idea of your level of experience.”

A local charity, Angus Arts is well known for the wide range of arts experiences it offers, which include bringing top quality theatre, music, puppetry, workshops and other events to a wider rural audience.

They would like to thank Enterprise Music Scotland (EMS), supported by Creative Scotland, for making this event possible.

The evening concert starts at 7.30 p.m. with doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.

Tickets cost £10, £5 for a child or student or £25 for a family of four.

Soft drinks and tea and coffee will be available.

The intermediate/advanced fiddle workshop is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the all-levels/any-instrument workshop running from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., both at Inglis Hall.

Workshop tickets cost £5 for one or £8 for both.

For bookings and enquiries please contact Angus Arts on 01356 648669 / 01356 670304 / 07914 341525 or e-mail angus.arts@btinternet.com

To find out about more Angus Arts events that are coming up in the weeks and months to come visit the website at www.angusarts.org.

There are so many things that Angus Arts are involved in so go and have a look to see what they do.